Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ New ‘Mother’ Video Pays Tribute to Mom
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have released a video for ‘Mother,’ their tribute to moms that appears on the Starbucks compilation ‘Every Mother Counts.’ Directed by singer Alex Ebert, the clip uses an amateur style that resembles vintage movies.
Ebert and his band appear in the video largely as distant and blurry figures. A number of older women, presumably band members’ mothers, appear as part of a large tribe of folks hanging out on a grassy hill. Several children are also present, making this a true family affair.
The footage eventually focuses on close-ups of the faces as Ebert sings about learning from his mom’s teachings. His words sound depressing but are meant as a sweet tribute to maternal wisdom: “Mother, I’m sorry I ignored you / I can’t afford to anymore / Time has us both in line for dying.”
Ebert has said of the song, “I wanted to explain to her that taking her for granted for so much of my life was less a function of my admitted selfishness and more a function of her unwavering love for me.” ‘Mother’ is one of 19 tracks on the compilation, along with songs by Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morissette, Lauryn Hill, David Bowie and more.
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